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A Pirate’s Life for Me

When I was 16, my grandfather told me to use my birthday wish for something very specific…that one day I would meet a “real life Hollywood pirate”, one who could help steer this state back to the wonderful golden state … Continue reading

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When You Wish Upon a Star….

My grandfather told me so many stories about his father, Juan Larrinaga, and his father’s friend Walt Disney that I practically felt like I knew them, even though they both died long before I was born. I have had dreams … Continue reading

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Set it Off

Happy birthday to Walt Disney! My grandpa told me to think of Walt as my “honorary Godfather” and he’s definitely one of the most amazing heroes in history. My grandfather told me that Walt had hoped that one day I … Continue reading

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Doctor of Magic

When I was in high school, my grandfather kept insisting that my path in life was to be an artist, and I kept telling him he was wrong. I insisted that I wanted to be a doctor just like him … Continue reading

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Goddess of Adventure

I am getting fed up with worrying that other people are being harmed because a bunch of power-crazed lunatic men have been trying for generations to figure out how my ancestors were so incredibly magical. My grandfather warned me that … Continue reading

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King Kong and Mickey Mouse

My grandfather told me that an important part of my path in life would be getting comfortable with all of the parts of my own story, even the parts that sound completely crazy or too magical to be real. He … Continue reading

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The Rage of King Kong

When I was growing up, my grandfather told me the story of how his father came to the Los Angeles harbor while he was creating the artwork for the original King Kong movie, much of which was filmed in San … Continue reading

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

When I was a young girl, I remember telling my grandpa that I felt completely misunderstood in this world. I felt a strong desire to help others but often felt like my offers to help others often comes off misunderstood … Continue reading

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We Are Stronger Together

My grandfather used to tell me a story about our ancestors from the Basque region of Spain. Basque is an isolated portion of Spain, and because of that isolation, they weren’t all aware initially of what other Spaniards were doing … Continue reading

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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

When I was a child, my grandparents told me all of their fears for their harbor community in San Pedro, CA. They told me they feared that one day the Italian portion of the community would attempt to proclaim superiority … Continue reading

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